A Huntington Station street was renamed for New York City Fire Department EMS Captain Alison Russo-Elling, of Huntington, who was killed in a random attack in Queens last fall.

Part of Railroad Street near the Huntington Community First Aid Squad (HCFAS), where Russo-Elling volunteered for 30 years, was renamed Captain Alison Russo Way in an April 2023 ceremony to honor her life.

Russo-Elling was a 61-year-old FDNY EMS lieutenant who served for 25 years and was only six months away from retiring when she was murdered while on duty on September 29, 2022. She was posthumously promoted to captain during her funeral on October 5, 2022.

Russo-Elling was on duty and buying food near 20th Avenue and Steinway Street in Queens when she was stabbed multiple times in a vicious, unprovoked attack in broad daylight. According to the FDNY, she was the 1,158th FDNY member to die in the line of duty.

It is estimated that Russo-Elling responded to 25,000 emergency calls throughout her career. Her colleagues and loved ones have described her as having a kind, caring nature, and was someone who was selfless, helping others both on and off the job.             

– Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez